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On this day in 1959, the musical world lost three very influential musicians: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. The three men were on tour throughout the Midwest when the heavy winter conditions made traveling by bus uncomfortable for the musicians. The rest of the tour continued on the road while the three headliners opted to steer clear of the tour bus that was stricken with various sick and cold people and chose to fly the rest of the way. In addition to the bad conditions, the pilot of the plane was not well-versed in that particular model of aircraft. This lead to the plane crashing in a field just six miles from the airport. All three musicians died along with the pilot, Roger Peterson.
This event was not just tragic due to the loss of life on the plane that crashed. As we learned from the infamous song written by Don McClean, “American Pie”, there was a strenuous aftermath on friends, loved ones and fans.
But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step
I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died
This excerpt from the song mentions Don’s reaction to the headlines in the paper the next day. He also touches on a specific event that followed the wreck when in the line, “I can’t remember if I cried, When I read about his widowed bride.” Buddy Holly’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, had only been married to Buddy for 6 months when the plane crashed. Also, she was a month and a half pregnant and lost the child to a miscarriage.
This tragic event was burned into the nation’s collective memory of a cautionary tale of life cut short. “Always live each day to its fullest, you won’t know when it’s your last.” Many of us have heard this sentiment a hundred times over, but we don’t often realize the truth behind it until a tragic event brings up these emotions.
For those suffering from a lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the idea of living life to its fullest is easier said than done. These diseases are debilitating in nature, they cause people to live a limited life. Many suffers claim they are unable to walk to the mailbox, clean their house or take a shower without supplemental oxygen or extreme fatigue. Unfortunately, COPD is also chronic, as the name suggest, and terminal.
Most COPD treatment options include prescription drugs and supplemental oxygen, which can help some people with symptom management, but typically does little to regain quality of life. Today, at the Lung Institute, people are receiving stem cell treatments for lung disease which helps them get back to life. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD and would like to learn more about stem cell treatment, contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065 to find out more.